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Publisher's Summary

It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words, but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them.
Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings - an estate in the Highlands of Scotland; a travelling circus in Canada; an Australian gold-mining town; a village in Ireland; and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
Some will find joy and fulfilment - others would prefer happier endings. Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters.
©2016 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2016 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By N. David Blocher on 01-20-17

Several "I wish that I had written that..."

What made the experience of listening to Chance Developments the most enjoyable?

It makes commuting so much less hellish, to the point where, with certain books, I don't want to arrive at destination.

What did you like best about this story?

The multiple stories. Probably as romantic as you will find McCall-Smith. Several of the stories were quite remarkable.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Always loved Davina Porter but there were no duds. Robert Ian McKenzie is always a standout.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Old Photographs and Pictures disclose some remarkable tales. ( I was already casting characters for some of them.)

Any additional comments?

Had to listen to a couple of them two times. So many remarkable asides on the human condition ...

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By L.Drake on 12-02-16

Enjoyable Read!

Each story had well-developed characters and an interesting plot. Smith carried the theme of love throughout each unique story.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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